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What are the different vSAN Stretched Cluster configuration options?

VMware increased flexibility in vSAN 6.6 with the addition of new stretched cluster configuration options. What are these options, and how do they improve availability?

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  • VMware Workstation Pro

    VMware Workstation Pro is a 64-bit hosted hypervisor intended to implement virtualization on Microsoft Windows and Linux endpoint computers, such as desktop systems.

  • VMware vSAN (formerly Virtual SAN)

    VMware vSAN (VMware Virtual SAN) is a storage feature integrated in the vSphere 5.5 and above kernel that pools disk space from multiple ESXi hosts.

  • vSphere HA (VMware HA)

    VMware vSphere HA (High Availability) is a utility included in VMware's vSphere software that can restart failed virtual machines (VMs) on alternative host servers to reduce application downtime.

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Data center architecture for VMware ESX and ESXi

A data center's hardware and networking components can greatly improve your VMware environment's return on investment, or ROI, as resulting performance greatly depends on the underlying architecture.

From this page, you can navigate to subsections that provide collections of expert tips and step-by-step how-to's that help you leverage your existing storage and networking architecture with configuration, purchasing and general management tips. Alternatively, if you're in the market for new hardware, our articles can help you decide what to purchase to support a virtualized infrastructure.

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  • VMware vSAN (formerly Virtual SAN)

    VMware vSAN (VMware Virtual SAN) is a storage feature integrated in the vSphere 5.5 and above kernel that pools disk space from multiple ESXi hosts.

  • vSphere HA (VMware HA)

    VMware vSphere HA (High Availability) is a utility included in VMware's vSphere software that can restart failed virtual machines (VMs) on alternative host servers to reduce application downtime.

  • VMware Access Point

    VMware Access Point is a virtual appliance used as a secure gateway which authorized users can access VMware computing resources.

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VMware certifications and training

VMware certifications are becoming requirements for certain system administrator jobs, but in some cases just knowing how to use the products and having experience is enough to ensure job safety. Either way, IT jobs require continuous learning, and this section aims to assist you with that by providing articles and expert commentary on the VMware Certified Professional, or VCP, exam, as well as the newer VMware Certified Design Expert, or VCDX.

We'll also post our educational screencasts and introductory tips to help bring you up to speed on what VMware has to offer, and keep you updated on new certifications as VMware continues to develop its certification pathway.

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  • VMware

    VMware is a virtualization and cloud computing software provider for x86-compatible computers.

  • VMware Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX)

    The VMware Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX) is third-highest level in VMware's data center virtualization, cloud management and automation, desktop and mobility, and network virtualization certification tracks.

  • VCAP (VMware Certified Advanced Professional)

    VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) is VMware's third highest certification level out of four levels.

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VMware cloud

For companies considering cloud computing, private clouds are a good starting point. Building and managing a private cloud enables you to pool hardware, storage, network, Web, and virtualization resources for more flexible, dynamic and on-demand requirements. Hybrid clouds allow you to use private and public clouds as appropriate. Get news and research on designing a VMware cloud strategy, including the benefits of pooling resources into clouds to address a business's changing computing needs as well as the potential drawbacks of managing clouds. This topic section covers VMware vSphere and vCloud as well as other private cloud platforms.

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  • VMware Cloud Foundation

    VMware Cloud Foundation is an integrated software stack that uses SDDC Manager -- an automated lifecycle management tool -- to bundle compute (vSphere), storage (VMware vSAN) and network virtualization (NSX) into a single platform that can deployed on premises as a private cloud or run as a service within a public cloud.

  • VMware vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager

    VMware vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager uses a network extension to allow users to manage both on and off-premises from a single interface.

  • Hybrid DMZ Reference Designs for vCloud Air

    Hybrid DMZ Reference Designs for vCloud Air are a series of recommended architectures, or designs, created to help users introduce the tools, resources and services commonly found in on-premises data centers to the public cloud.

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VMware desktop software and desktop virtualization

VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion and VMware Player are desktop software products from VMware. Desktop software products such as these are also known as type-2 virtualization or hosted virtualization products. VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion allow you to create virtual machines; VMware Player only allows you to run them.

VMware Server is a desktop or hosted virtualization option for those that wish to take server virtualization for a test drive.

VMware View, formerly known as VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or VDI, is VMware's current desktop virtualization offering.

Here you'll find subtopics that cover all of the aforementioned products individually, each section offering overviews written by experts in the field, best practices, and getting started guides.

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  • VMware Workstation Pro

    VMware Workstation Pro is a 64-bit hosted hypervisor intended to implement virtualization on Microsoft Windows and Linux endpoint computers, such as desktop systems.

  • VMware

    VMware is a virtualization and cloud computing software provider for x86-compatible computers.

  • VMware Horizon Client

    VMware Horizon Client is software that IT or users install on endpoint devices to connect with Horizon View virtual desktops and applications running on vSphere ESXi servers in a company's data center.

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VMware ESX and ESXi administrative tips

As a VMware ESX and/or ESXi administrator, you need to know everything about running a VMware environment, from the basics such as system requirements, installing VMware and how to perform physical-to-virtual migrations, to more advanced issues such as how to get the best performance from your virtualized architecture and how to best monitor your environment. You'll also need to determine whether or not to use performance tools, how to protect your virtual servers from security concerns and how to troubleshoot virtual machines when something goes awry. This section offers tips on all of the mentioned areas, broken down into more specific categories so that you can more easily find what you're looking for.

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  • vSphere HA (VMware HA)

    VMware vSphere HA (High Availability) is a utility included in VMware's vSphere software that can restart failed virtual machines (VMs) on alternative host servers to reduce application downtime.

  • VMware Identity Manager

    VMware Identity Manager is an Identity as a Service (IDaaS) offering that provides single sign-on (SSO) capabilities and user-based controls for web, cloud and mobile applications.

  • SysTrack Desktop Assessment for VMware

    SysTrack Desktop Assessment for VMware is a free cloud-based assessment service, developed in conjunction with Lakeside Software, that provides metrics and information about an environment and as well as how to best deploy VMware Horizon.

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VMware infrastructure management services

VMware's infrastructure management services are what makes VMware ESX the enterprise virtualization hypervisor of choice. In this section, you'll find expert tips on popular VMware components such as VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB), VMware High Availability (HA), VMotion, Storage VMotion, Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and Data Protection Manager (DPM), organized by product.

For example, in the VMware Consolidated Backup subsection, you'll find an in-depth troubleshooting article as well as useful script additions that enhance the product's functionality.

And in the VMware High Availability section, we offer an introductory HA tip that goes over the various settings so you can optimize HA for your environment. As the author points out, most of the HA configurations are not driven by the usual check boxes and options screens.

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  • vSphere HA (VMware HA)

    VMware vSphere HA (High Availability) is a utility included in VMware's vSphere software that can restart failed virtual machines (VMs) on alternative host servers to reduce application downtime.

  • VMware long-distance vMotion

    Long-distance vMotion is a feature that allows virtual machines to be migrated over long distances with a maximum round-trip latency time of 150 milliseconds.

  • VMware Cross vCenter vMotion

    VMware Cross vCenter vMotion is a feature introduced in vSphere 6.0 that allows virtual machines (VMs) to switch from one vCenter Server instance to another to change the compute, network, storage and management of the VM concurrently.

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VMware initiatives and new releases

VMware is continually innovating. The last big release was vSphere, and the next big move on the horizon is the switch from ESX to VMware's console-less hypervisor, ESXi. Here you'll also find subtopics that house articles that cover VMware mobile virtualization; articles that cover what's new in various VMware point releases and more.

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  • VMware AirWatch

    VMware AirWatch is an enterprise mobility software provider based in Atlanta. AirWatch, a division of virtualization vendor VMware, provides technologies that help IT administrators deploy, secure and manage mobile devices, applications and data, as well as Windows 10 and Apple Mac computers.

  • VMware AirWatch

    VMware AirWatch is an enterprise mobility software provider based in Atlanta. AirWatch, a division of virtualization vendor VMware, provides technologies that help IT administrators deploy, secure and manage mobile devices, applications and data, as well as Windows 10 and Apple Mac computers.

  • VMware Workspace ONE

    VMware Workspace ONE is a centralized management platform that combines the company's enterprise mobility management, cloud-based desktop management and identity management products to manage and secure end-user computing devices.

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